Tuesday, December 20, 2016

School Summary - 7th and 9th grades - weeks 11-14

 
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You can see what we're using here: 9th grade curricula and here: 7th grade curricula.
Literally this is the most boring school blog year I've ever had. I'm not sure I'll even blog school regularly next year. It's just a different set-up than our first five years. They are working independently, and it's more book work than hands-on. Maybe I'll continue with it, maybe not. :)

Weeks 11-14
In Tenor's homeschool this month…
He started learning Greek letters in his AHL work...which is super easy since he's on his 3rd year of biblical Greek. Yay for one thing that's easy!
Tenor art assignment
My favorite thing this month…
He wrote a few psalms for AHL assignments that I just loved. He does have a good sense of poetry when he puts his mind to it.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Again, just emphasizing that the weekly conference is really important. (I'm just going to leave that line there for the rest of the year as a reminder to myself.) I'm trying to get him to go back and take notes on things he's already read to help cement it, but it's taking a long time. I should have had him take notes while reading from the beginning of the school year.

What’s working/not working for us…
He seems to be struggling with the logic elective. I'm not sure if he is reading the exercises and answering too quickly or if he's not grasping the concepts... if he has continued interest, we might find another logic resource at the end of the year to keep working on it.

Soprano art coloring
In Soprano's homeschool this month...
Boring post alert...it's the same old, same old for Soprano too. :)
Art coloring and notebooking
Beautiful Feet assignment for Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Beautiful Feet assignment for Brighty of the Grand Canyon
My favorite thing this month…
She had to create a poll for the family to cast votes as an Uncle Sam and You assignment. She picked the questions, the answers, and tallied up the votes after we were done.

What’s working/not working for us… Her school day is taking for.ev.er. I feel like she should be done much earlier each day than she is. We're working on trying to figure out how to help her be more motivated and to get done sooner.


Places we’re going and people we’re seeing...
Tenor went on his first Senior High youth group weekend retreat. He had a great time. :)
We went to D.C. again. It was originally going to be a weeklong trip but our accomodations fell through. However, we had already received notification that our White House ticket request was approved. We went down for just a day instead.
View of the gardens from the First Ladies' Hall
China Room
East Room
Mom, mom, mom, that's the Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington that Dolley Madison saved when the British were burning Washington! I guess something we learned stuck.
Green Room -- aptly named
State Dining Room
White House North Lawn
 After the White House, we hit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
The only 'super moon' I actually got to see since the weather was so overcast at home.
We found a platypus! Another of Soprano's favorite animals.
After another busy month of schooling, we enjoyed taking off the week of Thanksgiving. A few more weeks, then Christmas... crazy!
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